Graphic Design (GRD.AAS)

Arts and CommunicationsArts and Communications

Associate in Applied Science

Arts and Communication

Orchard Ridge Campus

This program provides students with comprehensive instruction to gain the knowledge and skills to work as a graphic designer, art director or multi-media professional. Instruction begins with core design training of the elements of design such as color, values, balance, proportion, texture and the fundamentals of typography. Students will learn how to use design skills to create “real-world” projects such as trademarks, avatars, promotional materials, digital imagery and advertising campaigns.  Software training is a critical component along with developing cognitive skills to assist in thinking conceptually. The overall goal is to provide students with the education that will assist them in creating a world-class portfolio.

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Major Requirements
GRD 1100Graphic Design3
GRD 1120Typography in Design3
GRD 1160Advertising Design3
GRD 1210Rendering Techniques3
GRD 1310Graphic Design User Interface3
GRD 1320Digital Typography3
GRD 1450Applied Design II3
GRD 1750Computer Design I4
GRD 1850Digital Illustration I4
GRD 2100Graphic Systems Design3
GRD 2350Graphic Design Strategies3
GRD 2450Portfolio Preparation3
Complete ONE of the following Internship Courses:
Graphic Design Internship1
Graphic Design Internship2
Graphic Design Internship3
Graphic Design Internship4
Required Supportive Courses
ART 15101, 2Basic Drawing 3
PHO 1700Beginning Digital Photography4
Complete one of the following COM courses:
Interpersonal Communication 3
Fundamentals of Speech 3
Complete one of the following ENG courses:
Business Communications 3
Composition I 3
Recommended Electives
ACC 1500Accounting for the Small Business Owner3
BUS 1210Starting and Operating a Small Business3
GRD 2401Special Computer Projects (GRD 2401, GRD 2402, GRD 2403 or GRD 2404)1-4
MKT 2010Advertising3
PHO 12202Fundamentals of Photography 3
Total Credit Hours for Program-Related Courses52-55
General Education Requirements
Communication / English (3-credits)
Fine Arts / Humanities (3-credits)
Mathematics / Science (3-credits)3
Social Science (3-credits)3
Written Communication (3-credits)
Additional elective credits needed to meet requirements for an Associate in Applied Science degree1-4
Total Credit Hours62

A minimum cumulative 2.00 grade point average (GPA) overall is required for graduation.